Masks and detachment: Learn about Prince Philip’s funeral

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Prince Philip (1921-2021) was buried this Saturday morning (17) in Windsor, UK. Queen Elizabeth II’s husband died at the age of 99 on the 9th. The ceremony had to be suitable for the Covid-19 pandemic, and the few guests wore masks and maintained social distance.

The funeral also marked the Royal Family’s first public meeting with Harry after his and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with host Oprah Winfrey, in which the couple criticized the family. To reach the place of the ceremony, the children of Princess Diana (1961-1997) walked accompanied by Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William.

Meghan Markle, however, did not attend the ceremony on the recommendation of her doctors, since she is pregnant and lives in the United States. As a tribute, she sent a wreath.

Philip’s coffin was transported from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel in a Land Rover vehicle designed by the prince himself. The family followed the procession on foot.

Elizabeth 2ª, a widow after her 73-year marriage, used another car to arrive at the religious farewell rite. There, the queen sat alone.

Due to the pandemic, the funeral had only 30 guests, all wearing a mask inside the chapel. In addition to members of the royal family, some German family members of the Duke of Edinburgh attended.

In addition to designing the car, Philip also helped choose the medals and decorations that would be displayed at his funeral. Before becoming a prince, he was in the military and served in the British Royal Navy during World War II (1939-1945).

Royal admirers contributed to the distance and did not crowd outside the palace. Residents across the UK were able to pay their respects by keeping a minute’s silence during the farewell.

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